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1 October, 2020

Rally with a difference this weekend.

The Smokey Blue Rally is a rally with a difference.

By Phil Brandel

Tomorrow local residents will get to participate in a rally with a difference with drivers being able to choose their own adventure as they discover towns across the Tablelands.

Organiser of the Inaugural Smokey Blue Rally Nicola Baker said the rally will take a different twist with drivers being able to start at 4 different locations, visiting different towns along the way with all participants ending their rally experience at Undara.

“The four starting points are Kuranda, Yungaburra, Millaa Millaa and Tolga, we will be giving clues along the way for the drivers, there will be eleven towns in total and they have to visit 5 towns minimum,” she said.

“We want people out of their cars and looking around the towns and hopefully spending a few dollars in each town.”

The event will raise awareness for Moyamoya disease, which is a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain in an area called the basal ganglia.

Nicola’s 16-year-old son, Jed, suffers from Moyamoya and his 17th birthday falls on the long weekend in October, “every birthday we have with him is a blessing.” she said.

She hopes the money raised from the rally can be put back into the charity and in the future help other families that have been affected by Moyamoya.

“My hope is that the rally raises money for the charity while at the same time giving people the opportunity to visit towns and inject some money back into the local communities,” Nicola said.

“The participants can even earn bonus points by purchasing items from any business displaying the ‘I’m a Smokey Blue supporter’ sign in the towns on the way.”

There is also an online raffle with over $3000 dollars in prizes to be won.

Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners of the Rally at Undara on the night of October 3, followed by live music and the party.

For more information or to register go to www.moyamoyaaustralia.org.au

There is also a clue for drivers hidden inside this weeks copy of The Express Newspaper.


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